My friends recently got on my case for only covering Japanese restaurants. It’s fortunate I do actually eat at other places! This review will be about a restaurant located in Markham on Main Street.
Sabai Sabai is one of the latest projects by Nuit and Jeff Regular, who also had a hand in popular Thai restaurants such as Khao San Road, Suhkothai, and Pai. This restaurant focuses on small share plates in a tapas style, and has a casual yet energetic ambiance. Continue reading
Recently, I went to the TO Food Fest and ate pretty much EVERYTHING.
The school year begins! Now that I’m back on campus, I’ll see what I can do about updating. In the meantime, I did go to a FEW places over the summer break…
Went back to O.M.G. recently for dinner. Needless to say: as a food blogger, I feel like it’s important to know when I had the wrong feeling about a restaurant.
Okay after seeing this on the Chinese channel and noticing the name I pretty much had to go to this HK-style Western restaurant. It fits nicely since I’ve been covering this area recently anyways. Onward!
Expanding the territories of which my food travels traverse.
Straight to the point this time:
Location: 499 King St. W.
Price: $$-$$$; entrees $15-30, quite reasonable for fanciness of this calibre.
So This is the third time I’ve been here, and although a big/fancy/known restaurant of the King West block, it may be hard to find for first-timers; The entry way is sort of a nook, with these giant doors. It is more inconspicuous during the day because at night, there’s a bouncer standing outside to mark it’s existence, oh and there are real fire torches mounted on the walls of the nook; neither are present during daylight.
When you enter the doors, there’s another nook, a foyer area? there’s buddha on one side also a chair exhibited on another wall. To be honest I think they are just pushing it with the asian decor… It’s nice I suppose, but to me it feels like a “kitchen-sink” asian theme. When you enter the second set of doors, there’s the hostess podium and she will lead you to your tables. Inside, there is a centre bar area with waterfountain/waterfall backdrop, very cool. also, many buddha statues spread out in the interior decor as well.
This place is swanky. (Quote: “this is exactly how I imagined the trendy bars of Hollywood to look like!” – CH)
Asian-looking candle holder. yay theme.
The waiter comes and takes our order, we got a few things to share and also a pot of rose tea (smelled delicious =D) and a pleasant surprise? we got a free appetizer of baked (or maybe fried?) mandarin buns with a mango lime dip, it looked adorable and was actually very delicious!! The buns were slightly crunchy on the outside and soft and moist on the inside, with a light sweetness that perfectly complements the very mild tanginess of the dip. Bonus points for FREE!
Next up was the tuna dynamite roll… it was a disappointment to me. The wasabi cream was refreshing and yummy with a hint of spiciness, but the rolls were kinda boring. There was too much rice and it was really difficult to taste the tuna. On my second piece I especially removed the tuna to eat with the wasabi cream, sans obstruction from rice, but found it no better. The tuna was dry and had no taste. Definitely an order mishap.
Following was the Pad Thai. Now first I have to say that I’ve never been a pad thai connisseur, and because I’ve never had a pad thai that I especially enjoyed (despite good reviews from other people), I feel like my views on this dish is strongly biased. With that said, I did not enjoy the pad thai. When it came up, it was not steaming hot, and rather than stir-fried the dish looks… just stirred. The dish was more wet than I had been accustomed to, and it all seemed very… slippery?
It tasted okay, sweet and soury, substantial egg and shrimps were harmed in the making of this dish.
To provide you with another point of view, my friend, who is part Viet? and a lover of Pad Thai, said this was “the best pad thai she’s ever had in her life”. so.. that’s that for ya… I guess you would have to be the judge of this yourself.
Now this dish I am definitely qualified to judge!! As a lover of salmon (sashimi, glazed, grilled, baked, all variations!!), This is definitely the best glazed salmon I have ever had!! The meat was very moist and succulent, and the glaze was just sweet and soy-y enough to ensure there is flavour with every bite, without overpowering the fish itself! And the ricecakes as well were awesome, moderately chewy but still with the flavour of the glaze cooked in. Usually it’s hard to cook rice cakes because a minute too short and the cakes taste rubbery, and a bit too long will cause the rice cakes to lose their texture. Bravo for this. Continue reading